The WP29 established a taskforce on the UBER data breach case. This taskforce, led by the Dutch DPA, will be composed at this stage of representatives from the French, Italian, Spanish, Belgian and German DPAs as well as from the ICO and will coordinate the national investigations on this important issue.
Source: European Commission (JUST)
On 14 June 2017 the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) adopted an Opinion that reflects their general assessment of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package. The ECCG took into account current problems faced by energy consumers in different EU countries, having assessed the overall impact that the new provisions could have on energy consumers. The opinion gives an overview of the necessary tools that could help solve basic consumer problems, for example through designing consumer-friendly offers, contracts and bills, ensuring that consumers get a better deal through online comparison tools and making switching easier. It acknowledges the extra help required by energy-poor consumers. It calls for action to ensure consumers enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency, that the low carbon energy transition is affordable for consumers and that all consumers are given the option to be active.
Letter from the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party to Commissioner Věra Jourová.
“The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), at the June plenary meeting, examined certain critical matters with regards to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the Privacy Shield and adopted documents on other issues.”
Agenda items include implementation of the GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield.
“The first international interactive workshop on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) between Asian Pacific Privacy Authority (APPA) members and Working Party 29 (WP29) members was held in Paris, on the 18th and 19th of May 2017 and hosted by the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL).”
Letter from the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party to Commissioner Věra Jourová regarding the data portability guidelines prepared by the Article 29 Working Party.
“DG JUST is establishing a new multistakeholder expert group to support the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The group will consist of academic, legal practitioners, as well as business and civil society representatives.”
“This study set out to improve the quality and consistency of assessing personal consumer detriment by developing a simple, consistent state-of-the-art methodology to identify, measure and quantify its incidence and magnitude. Protecting consumers, especially the vulnerable ones, against significant personal detriment is a matter of fairness. In addition, this can also improve overall market functioning, as consumers confident enough that they have some protection against unforeseeable negative outcomes may be more willing to engage actively in markets, by e.g. switching to new suppliers or products, or signalling problems in the marketplace through their complaints.”